Special Report: Oregon’s Meth Epidemic Surges Amid Focus On Opioids

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The millions of dollars and countless hours that Oregon health officials have devoted to fighting the opioid epidemic in recent years have had an effect: Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have fallen to a 14-year low. 

Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge

In Oregon, overdose deaths from meth surged from nearly 85 from 2008 through 2010 to more than 350 over the same three-year time period.

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.

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